At least 25 people were killed and 10 others got injured in an explosion that happened on this Wednesday at a fire cracker factory in Bhatan village in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh.
As reported by the Times of India, negligence of one of the workers who allegedly threw a half burnt bidi on the pile of crackers led to the explosion. At the time of blast, around 40 workers were present in the factory premise. The blaze reportedly started around 3 p.m. There was no availability of water around the factory building for immediate relief from the fire.
It reportedly took 15 minutes for the rescue team to reach the spot due to non-availability of a good road route. By that time, some of the bodies were burnt to an extent that they could not even be identified.
The injured were immediately rushed to the hospital. The medical expenses of the injured will be borne by the state government. Expressing condolences for the families of the deceased, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh each to the families of the deceased.
The factory is located at a considerable distance from the human settlement else the casualties and damage could have been much more. Investigations are being carried out for whether safety measures were taken care of by the factory owner, Warish Ahmed, or not. It is also still not confirmed as to how much quantity of explosive was allowed to be stored versus how much was actually present on the premises at the time of explosion.